Testimonials from present and past tenants
Nansen Village is a well-knit community with personal touch from the office and especially from Kurt and Charlotte. During our stay I and my wife never felt the absence of home; a true home away from home in London. Never felt like leaving the village and when we left, we did so with tears in eyes. It was one of the best three and half years of our life that we will cherish for ever.
The hardest thing to say about Nansen Village is what it truly means to be able to live there. One can go on at great length about the spirit of cooperation, the efficiency of the flats and the kindness of the people who run the place, but it is surely more than even all that. What it means is to come home through the last of the afternoon sun and be greeted by a gaggle of children the color of an artist’s palette as though you were a favorite uncle; to watch the moon in a black sky through the steam from your kettle as you prepare to settle down with the fellow next door to discuss his thesis; or to stand in a sea of faces amid fifty plates of strange food and the din of a dozen different languages, and find so many that you know. If I come back to Nansen Village I will not know the faces, and the children will not rush out to me, but I know I will be welcomed and given a plate of food, and perhaps as I go up the path I will trip once again on an abandoned bicycle.
“Nansen Village provided us the opportunity to stay in a fantastic, decent and secured accommodation in London while I pursue my PhD. One of the happiest moment in the village was the tremendous support we received from this multicultural community when our second child AbdurRahman was born especially from our immediate neighbour at 24 Woodside Grange Road who took care of our daughter Aisha as theirs. We are supported as real family by the entire community! If not in Nansen Village, where else can we find such a wonderful caring from student accommodation in London? Indeed, Nansen Village is “home away from home”. Thank you Kurt and Charlotte for touching many more lives! We will always remember Nansen Village as our second home so long as we are still on earth.”
“It has been a wonderful experience for us to live in such a nice place with a multicultural community and to see our daughter growing up both as a Londoner and a global citizen”
David and I arrived in London in 1995 with our four month old daughter Rebecca. Over our tenure at Nansen Village, we lived (briefly) in a bachelor suite, in an apartment, and finally in a house in the garden. While I was completing my PhD we had a second child, born at the Royal Free, and we always felt like although we were far away from our Canadian family, we created new family in Nansen Village and we were supported like real family. Our kids were never alone, and Rebecca knew a few phrases in Arabic, Hebrew and Spanish, learned from all her friends.
“When we moved to Nansen Village I was a PhD student with husband and a toddler. When we left Nansen Village we had three children and I had earned a PhD! One of the most rewarding periods in our lives”
“We have one of the sweetest and best part of our life living in Nansen. The people we met and the life we spent at this place often appear in our day-to-day conversation between Siew Ling, Hui Ho and myself; whenever we touch on topics related to life at Nansen, it always brighten up our day without fail.”
“an oasis in the middle of London for those students with toddlers”